FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2000
Tom MacKenzie, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (404) 679-7291
Regional Director Sam D. Hamilton has named Christine Eustis as the new Assistant Regional Director for External Affairs in the Southeast Region of the Interior Department's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ms. Eustis has been with the Service for 4 years.
"Ms. Eustis has served with great distinction in our Congressional and Legislative Affairs office in Washington, D.C., and as Special Assistant to the Director," Hamilton said. "She has a wide knowledge of fish and wildlife management issues and a great ability to work with our constituents and partners. She will be an asset to the Service here in the Southeast."
Ms. Eustis first joined the Service in 1997 as a Legislative Specialist in the Office of Congressional Affairs. There she served as a liaison between Congressional Members and staff and the Service and helped develop Service positions on fish and wildlife legislation. Most recently she served as Acting Special Assistant to the Director, where she provided policy analysis on sensitive and complex issues involving regulatory, legislative, technical and management issues of major importance to the Service and the Department. Prior to joining the Service, Ms. Eustis was selected as a Presidential Management Intern, where she worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the late Senator John H. Chafee. In addition, she spent 3 years at The Brownstein Group, an advertising and -public relations firm in Philadelphia.
"I am looking forward to building strong relationships with our constituents and working cooperatively with community leaders and members of the public on issues that concern the wildlife and natural resources of the Southeast," said Ms. Eustis.
Ms. Eustis was born in Quantico, Virginia. She graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1989 and received her masters in Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University in 1994.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 93-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System comprised of more than 500 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special management areas. It also operates 66 national fish hatcheries, 64 fish and wildlife management offices, and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to State fish and wildlife agencies.
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